Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthMay 2, 1887
Place of Birth"Wava, Alvo"
Marital StatusMarried
Next of KinMrs Bernadette Makinen, wife, 156 Garry Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Trade / CallingCar Repairer
Service Details
Regimental Number3347854
Service Record
Battalion1st Depot Battalion Manitoba RegimentBattalion Manitoba Regiment
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedConscripted
Address at EnlistmentRedditt PO, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentNovember 11, 1917
Age at Enlistment30
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathDecember 11, 1956
Age at Death69
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

Makinen, Severi

According to his attestation papers, Severi Makinen was born on 2 May 1887 in ‘Wava, Alvo’, Finland. He had immigrated to Canada by the time of the 1911 census, found working as a railroad labourer at Linko (Raith) near Thunder Bay at the time. On 25 December 1917, in Fort William, Severi married Bernadette Langlois. His occupation was given as inspector and residence as Fort William as was Bernadette’s. The daughter of Laurent Langlois and Charlotte Roussi, Bernadette was born on 22 July 1896 in Port Daniel, Quebec. The next year the couple moved to Redditt, a village about 30 kilometres north of Kenora, where Severi found work as a car repairer with the Canadian National Railway.

With the onset of conscription during the latter part of the war, Severi attested in Winnipeg on 11 November 1917. A defaulter, he voluntarily surrendered on 3 July 1918 and had his medical examination the next day. His occupation was given as car repairer and although they had been living in Redditt, he gave his wife Bernadette on Garry Street in Winnipeg as next of kin. Severi was struck off strength as being a railroad employee on 10 December 1918.

Severi and Bernadette were to make Redditt their home where he worked for the CNR as a carman for 44 years. The couple gave birth to six known children, Oscar (1918-2012), Roberta (1921-1979), Edna (1925-2009), Robert (1929-2007), Leo, and Leona. Severi was a member of the Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Redditt, the Redditt Curling Club, the Canadian Legion, Redditt Branch, and the Statute of Labour Board of Redditt.

Following a lengthy illness, Severi died on 11 December 1956 in Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg. His Veteran Death card gave his wife Bernadette in Redditt as next of kin. At the time he was survived by Bernadette, sons Oscar of Redditt, Leo of Montreal, and Robert of Kenora, and daughters Roberta (E R) Maki of Glenella, Edna (Roy) Titze of Vermillion Bay, and Leona (Dave) Miller of Kenora. He was also survived by two sisters back in Finland. Bernadette died in October of 1982 and is interred with Severi in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

By Judy Stockham

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